2012 MLB Draft: Los Angeles Dodgers – Day 2 – Rounds 6 Through 10

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Joey Curletta in the 6th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s an outfielder out of Mountain Point High School in Arizona.

Ranked #378 by Baseball America.

Curletta is a physical monster at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. He shows light-tower power from the right side of the plate, but scouts wonder how much he’ll actually hit because his swing can be a little stiff and he struggles at times with pitch recognition. He’s a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale and will be limited defensively to first base. He has a small scholarship to Arizona and the Wildcats recruited him as a hitter. Curletta wants to hit, but he’s also shown some intriguing arm strength (92-94 mph) and could wind up on the mound.

A report from Perfect Game:

Joey Curletta is a 2012 OF/3B/RHP with a 6-4 230 lb. frame from Phoenix, AZ who attends Mountain Pointe HS. Extra large well proportioned build, very strong. Right handed hitter, wide base, long and strong swing, swings hard, looking to pull and lift, has bat speed, very strong hands, long loose finish, will have to shorten against velocity but has the tools. 6.89 runner, easy outfield actions, deceptive arm strength and speed, shows athleticism, has also played third base in the past. Also pitched, slow paced delivery, over the top release point, short compact arm action, tends to drift to release point, works downhill. Fastball to 90 mph, mostly straight with occasional flat run, nice change up with arm speed, rare curveball. Shows all the tools, shortening swing will be key. Very good student.

MLB.com has video as well.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Theo Alexander in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s an outfielder out of Lake Washington Senior High School in Washington.

Ranked #337 by Baseball America.

Alexander has a lively build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and a smooth, whippy lefthanded swing. Alexander’s future will come down to his bat, because his secondary skills are average at best. He’s an average runner with a below-average arm. If a team buys into the swing and wants to project on the bat, Alexander could be a single-digit pick. Other scouts view him as more of a tweener, but Alexander is considered signable away from his commitment to UC Santa Barbara.

MLB.com has video as well.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Scott Griggs in the 8th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a Junior right-handed pitcher out of UCLA.

Ranked #187 by Baseball America.

Griggs ranked as the No. 135 prospect in the BA Top 200 coming out of high school in 2009, based on his raw arm strength and upside. He struggled with his mechanics and control in his first two seasons at UCLA and pitched sparingly, issuing 29 walks in 26 innings. He made progress repeating his delivery and this year emerged as the Bruins’ closer, going 1-1, 2.08 with a school-record 13 saves. His 52 strikeouts in 30 innings are an indication of his electric stuff is, but his 29 walks are illustrative of control that scouts still grade as well below-average. Griggs sits in the 91-93 mph range and tops out at 94-95, but an inconsistent delivery can make it difficult for him to command his fastball. He actually commands his curveball better, and it is a true power pitch in the 79-82 range with depth and bite. He dabbles with a changeup but rarely uses it in games. Griggs has made major strides with the mental side of the game as well, though he still needs to convince scouts he has the toughness to throw strikes consistently in big spots. Griggs comes with risk, and many scouts are convinced he’ll never have enough command to be a big league closer, but his stuff will likely get him drafted in the top three to five rounds.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Zachary Bird in the 9th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a right-handed pitcher out of Murrah High School in Missouri.

Ranked #371 by Baseball America.

Bird’s father Eugene lettered at Southern Miss, and the raw Bird was expected to follow his dad to Hattiesburg. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has touched 92 mph and has a projectable frame that scouts like. He’s inexperienced, which shows in his inconsistent delivery and control as well as little things like fielding. He has his share of athletic ability, throws a curveball around 70 mph that could use more power but has fair shape, and the makings of a changeup.

A report via Perfect Game.

Zachary Bird is a 2012 RHP/IF with a 6-4 188 lb. frame from Jackson, MS who attends Murrah HS. Very long limbed, square shouldered build. Full delivery, high compact arm action, high 3/4′s release, will occasionally spin off on release, has some deception. 4-Seam fastball steady 86-88 mph, works downhill well, throws cutter at 85, very effective pitch especially from the stretch. Big 70 mph curveball for strikes, threw slider only in warm ups, change up shows potential if thrown more. Around the plate, could have the whole basket of pitches and a feel for using them. Has been up to 91 frequently in the past. Excellent student, signed with Southern Mississippi.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Zach Babitt in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a second baseman out of the Academy Of Arts University.

I have no information on him. That sucks.

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